Tuesday, December 3, 2019

CWP, 3 December MMXIX Anno Domini

Happy Thanksgiving Sheepdogs,

     The primary attribute of a weapon system is reliability. 
A weapon system without operator training is worthless and
dangerous to everyone within range.  There is nothing natural
about shooting.  There is nothing instinctive about shooting. 
Training is required for competence.

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----- Mindset -----

Avoidance, Deterrence, and De-escalation
-- John Farnam

     You can't predict the future.
     You can't predict when some drunk or distracted driver will ram you. So,
you always wear your seat belt when driving.  And you always make sure your
passengers are wearing their seat belts before moving. 
     You can't predict when a fire will start in your abode.  So, you always
keep a fire extinguisher in plain view in your residence. 
     You can't predict when a criminal will attack you.  That's his choice,
not yours.  So, you always carry your pistol on your body with a round in
the chamber.  You're not going to have time to load your gun.  You're not
going to have time to get your gun from where ever you stored it.  So, you
have to carry your loaded gun on your body at all times. 
     [My wife objects to me wearing my pistol in bed.  But, she knew what
she was getting when she married me.  John Wayne kept his shotgun with him
when taking a shower.  Can you name that movie? (It's a classic Western.)] 
     "Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a
weapon in the other, and each of the builders wore his sword at his side
as he worked." -- Nehemiah 4:17-18
     ". . . each had his weapon, even when he went for water."
-- Nehemiah 4:23, New International Version Bible

3 Must-Have Elements of Personal Defense
Notice, weapons are never mentioned.  Material possessions are never
mentioned.  Invest in your skill, not material.

No Safe Spaces: Why We Need Personal-Defense Skills

MENTAL TOUGHNESS:  Fighting Edge for Women

----- Safety -----

Don't go to stupid places.
Don't do stupid things.
Don't hang out with stupid people.
Be in bed by 10 PM.  Your own bed.
Don't look like a freak.
Don't fail the attitude test.
-- John Farnam

     Dorchester County (South Carolina, USA) Sheriff, Ray Nash, gave a
radio interview and said that the indicators of a criminal are: 
no shirt, tattoos, bad teeth, and body odor.
     Smoking destroys your sense of smell and taste. This means you won’t
be able to smell the enemy. 
     Smoking destroys your night vision. This means you won’t be able to
see the enemy at night. 
     “A pack-a-day smoker builds high levels of carbon monoxide in his blood,
which reduce 20 percent of normal night vision at sea level, an effect that
increases with altitude; by 10,000 feet, he’s lost 40% of his night vision.”
– “The Ultimate Sniper” by Major John Plaster, U.S. Army retired,
Paladin Press, Revised edition January 2006, page 8.
ISBN-10: 1581604947, ISBN-13: 978-1581604948

Situational Awareness and Positioning (part IV)
     Training and practice => skill => confidence. 
You will leak information in the form of body language. 
The bad guy will perceive your confidence, it cannot be bluffed. 
That's why Keanu Reeves had to take gun training.  Without it,
his John Wick movies would not have been believable. 
Unless the bad guy is stupid or insane, he will decide that
you are a hard target and move on to an easier target. 
Farnam refers to this as "failing the interview".

“The fast and/or emphatic reholster
is an awesome way to shoot yourself.”
-- Chuck Haggard

----- Training -----

     "The real value of training, though, is that it improves competence,
which leads to a higher level of confidence." 
-- Rehn & Daub

Busting 3 myths of the ‘21-foot rule’

"You train for the people who love you."
-- Tatiana Whitlock

Critical Pistol Skills course:
Standing Your Ground course:
Lee Weems of First Person Safety

Care enough to continue your training.

Why train?
    "To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment
when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and
offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique
to them and fitted to their talents.  What a tragedy if
that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that
which could have been their finest hour."
-- Winston Churchill

Tatiana's schedule of classes is out for 2020 A.D.

The Farnams' schedule of classes is out for 2020 A.D.

Lee's partial schedule of classes

"Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner

----- Practice -----

      Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III

STANDOFF HANDGUN DRILLS:  Accuracy at Situational Speed

     “Be careful what you practice. 
Because you will do in combat whatever you have practiced,
no matter how ridiculous.”
-- “Shooting in Self-Defense” by Sara Ahrens

Slow is smooth (because you can control what you're doing). 
Smooth is efficient (no wasted motion). 
Efficient is fast. 

"It’s not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee

----- Techniques -----

“Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it.”
-- Bruce Lee

How to Spot Thieves, Thugs and Terrorists

Self-Defense for Women: Getting to "No!" You
     "Sorry, Sir, I can't help you." and keep moving.

3 Techniques Predators Use to Hunt Women | by Corinne Mosher
Disparity of force

"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee

Massad Ayoob’s Tips and Tactics for Staying Alert and Aware
     Mas recommends not putting the strap of your purse over
your head on the other side of your neck, as opposed to just
over your shoulder, because the purse snatcher can injure
your neck when he yanks on your purse.  I would suggest that
having the strap across your chest, rather than just over
your shoulder would cause the thief not to attempt the grab
in the first place. 
     As always, it's a judgment call that you have to make.

Defensive Shooting Stances in the Real World
     You can practice by assuming other (even awkward) stances and then
executing from there.  No need to maintain the stance.  Adjust as needed.

How to Spot Armed Suspects

The Universal Draw Stroke

Pat McNamara on Dealing With D-Bags and When to Draw Your Weapon
     The tactical draw stroke - taking a step to the side while drawing.
Why you should do it and why stepping to the side works even when not
drawing your pistol.

      If the enemy is far enough away that you need to use your sights to aim
your pistol, you need to extend your arms to bring your pistol up to your
line of sight. (Don't bend your neck to move your eye inline with your sights. 
Your head must remain erect, otherwise you will disturb your inner ear balance. 
Rotate your arms at your shoulders to move your pistol up to your line of sight.) 
      If the enemy is close enough to grab your pistol, you need to keep your
pistol in close to your body in a compressed ready or close contact position. 
Both forearms should be firmly pressed against your rib cage.  Tilt the top of
the pistol away from your body, so the slide doesn't get fouled on your shirt. 
If your breast will get in the way of slide when it reciprocates, pull your
pistol further around to the side of your torso, or tilt the top of your pistol
further away from your body.
     If you only have a one hand grip on your pistol, pull the firing side
elbow as far back as possible, press the bottom of the grip or your hand
firmly against your rib cage, and tilt the top of the pistol out away from
your body to prevent the slide from getting fouled on your clothing or breast.

     When shooting with a flashlight, push the emitting end of the flashlight out
in front of anything that you are using for cover.  If you have the flashlight
too far back, the light will reflect off the cover and illuminate you.  Yes,
this exposes your gun and hands to an enemy hiding around the corner, so be careful. 
If you don't push the flashlight out in front of the cover, the reflected light
can blind you, or kill your night vision for several seconds.
(Thanks to Jonathan Clapp, BestDefenseLLC.com) 
     When shining a flashlight though a window, press the emitting end against
the window.  Even a small gap will generate glare that will inhibit your view
through the window. 

Turning To Face A Threat

Appendix Carry
     There are also documented cases of the shooter shooting himself in the leg
and foot while holstering to a waist holster at three o'clock or nine o'clock. 
But, the femoral artery is the main concern.

Shooting Proficiently With Your Support Hand

Close-Quarter Confrontations: Defending Yourself at Short Range

Video: The Ins And Outs Of The Concealed Carry Purse
     One should also practice shooting without drawing the pistol out of the purse. 
Shooting through the purse would put a bullet hole in the purse, so should probably
be done as dry practice.  Though only live fire will allow you to determine whether
or not the purse will foul the cycling of the pistol.
     One should also wear the strap across one's chest, not just over one's shoulder,
as this is much more secure.
     The strap must have a steel cable running through it to prevent the purse snatcher
from cutting the strap.

Insults and Challenges- 5 Tips for Effective Verbalization During a Violent Encounter

----- Tactics -----

You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen

     Retreat is not surrender.  Retreat is a tactical maneuver. 
When the bad guys move to cover or places of tactical advantage,
they are still a threat.  Shooting them in the back is appropriate. 
     Telling the bad guy (who is shooting up the mall or church)
to drop the gun, lets him know where you are and gives him time
to shoot you; which he will do.  (Yes, there are several documented
cases of this.)  Just quietly shoot him in the back of the head.

Shot In The Back
     Captain Massad Ayoob (of Syrian descent, because he mentioned
it in class) gives a much more detailed explanation in his MAG20 class
(which is the lecture portion of his MAG40 class).

"Audacity wins."
-- Carl von Clausewitz

Friends Don’t Let Friends Open Carry
     This article is occasionally updated.

     Positioning – When entering a room: Look to see where the exits are.
If necessary could you break through the window?  Where are the light switches,
fire extinguishers, first aid kits, etc.?  Look for cover and concealment. 
When choosing a seat, be in a position to observe entrances, that affords
you mobility, and that prevents unseen approach to you (back to a wall). 
     Warnings - Do not give verbal warnings.  You will lose the element of
surprise.  To quote Tuco from “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”,
“When you have to shoot, shoot, don’t talk.” 
We are not police.  We have no obligation to give a verbal warning. 
If you waste time saying, “Halt! Military Police.”  You’ve given the enemy
7 syllables, enough time for him to shoot you several times.  The way human
brains are set up, talking is a high order intellectual activity. It’s almost
impossible to talk and shoot at the same time.  But, it’s easy to get punched,
shot, or stabbed while talking.
     Plan - Have a conscious plan, not just a subconscious reaction.
What will I do if a bad guy enters that door?  What will I do if someone
tries to rob the cashier?  Etc.  Have your plan in mind before you move.
     Maneuver – Never attempt to clear a building.  It's an extremely dangerous
operation that requires hundreds of hours of training and practice.  Even if
you are intimately familiar with your house, you can still get ambushed. 
So, why should you learn how to do it?  You hear glass breaking in the middle
of the night and your daughter screaming from her bedroom down the hall. 
Getting yourself killed doesn’t help anyone.  You must get down the hall
quickly and in a condition to apply accurate fire.  This requires training
and practice. 

     When shooting from cover, shoot at whatever first becomes visible to you,
e.g. a foot, an elbow, etc.  The idea is to shoot the enemy without exposing
yourself.  You don't need to get a center-of-mass shot.  Shooting his elbow
or foot may be enough to make him stop the attack.  You win fights by
minimizing your injury.  What happens to the enemy is incidental to your
purpose of stopping the attack. (Thanks to John Holschen)

     When shooting to the front of a human, the target is within a triangle defined
by the nipples and the bottom of the throat. 
     When shooting to the back of a human, the target is between the shoulder blades. 
     When shooting to the side of a human, the target is behind the armpit.
     We may have to shoot through the enemy's arm, as well as his rib cage;
and maybe even body armor.  Yes, there is a greater than zero probability that your
pistol bullets will penetrate body armor.  There are all kinds of body armor on the
market, between the rubbish issued to military police and the plate carriers issued
to artillerymen.  [Artillerymen don't run around and maneuver as infantry, so they
generally wear the best (heaviest) armor.]  (The Jihadists in Garland, TX wore body
armor, but the police officer, Gregory Stevens, shot through it with his standard
issue pistol.) 

----- Education -----

"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam

Rangemaster Newsletter, November 2019
     In a single year, your odds of encountering a potentially dangerous criminal
involved in a violent crime are NOT "on in a million," they are actually "1 in 54."

Active Response Training

5 Steps To Surviving a 911 Call

The .40 Story
     A detailed history of the development of the 10mm and
the 40 caliber S&W cartridges.


Pronunciation Woez

     After Action Analysis, every Tuesday at 2 PM Eastern Time

History of the Modern Technique
The “Modern Technique”

"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you’re unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin

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"I would like to see every
woman know how to handle
guns as naturally as they
know how to handle babies."
-- Annie Oakley

----- Gear -----

“Preparation doesn't assure victory.  It assures confidence.”
-- Amit Kalantri

Brownells Premium Electronic Earmuffs 2.0 – $ 29.99
     Can't go wrong for $30. 

     Your flashlight must be bright enough to blind your enemy. 
If you can blind him, you might not have to shoot him. 
That's a big win for you. 

     Wear gloves when it’s cold. Cold fingers will get numb and fumble
ammunition and pistol. Practice with gloves on. When it’s cold, you will be
wearing gloves and you won’t have time to take them off.
     In cold weather wear a hat.
     You should have a soft, jungle-style hat for warm weather
because it creates an irregular, difficult-to-detect outline. 
     For cooler temps and night, wear a wool navy-style watch cap. 
Remember that your body loses about 15 percent of its heat through your head.”
– “The Ultimate Sniper” by Maj. John Plaster, U.S. Army retired,
Paladin Press, Revised edition January 2006, page 27. 
ISBN-10: 1581604947, ISBN-13: 978-1581604948

     Do not use a pistol with a ported barrel or compensator as your defensive
weapon.  If you do, when firing from close contact, the muzzle blast will burn
your face and put particulate matter in your eyes.

     If you have painted on white dots in your sights, take a dental pick and dig
out the paint, and then take a black indelible marker and blacken the dots out. 
In low light conditions you won't be able to see the dots and will be using the
silhouette of the sights to aim.  In bright lighting conditions you might,
or might not, use the dots.  The dots and the silhouette will have different
points of impact.  You need to keep your system simple.  You need to have only one
sighting system.  So, get rid of the other sighting system.  If you are hesitant
to blacken out the white dots, check your attitude.

     When aiming, you should have a generous amount of light on both sides
of the front sight to allow you to easily center the front sight in the rear sight. 
If you don't have a generous amount of light on either side of the front
sight when aiming, machine out the rear sight by taking 1/100th of an inch off
the inside of both the right and left hand sides of the rear sight.  For a
total widening of 2/100ths of an inch. 
     In low light conditions, you should be able to easily center your front
sight in your rear sight.  If not, widen the rear sight.  There is nothing wrong
with admitting that your eyes are getting bad.  It happens to everyone with age. 
The only way to avoid it is to die young. 

     Documented cases in which being able to shoot more than 6 rounds without
reloading was the difference between life and death.  Don't let anyone tell
you to use a revolver.  They require reloading too often.  They are much more
difficult to reload than magazine fed semi-auto pistols, which under stress
is devastating.  They take much more time to reload than magazine fed
semi-auto pistols, which in combat is the difference between life and death. 
"5 Gunfighting Myths Debunked By Massad Ayoob"
     "The history of gunfighting is, when the fast and furious shooting starts,
what we have on our person is all that we’re likely to have to fight with."
     You have to carry extra magazines, because one may not be enough. 
(Dedicated enemy who needs multiple rounds to be put down.  Enemy wearing body armor. 
Enemy high on drugs.  Multiple assailants.  The list goes on and on.)
     You have to have your pistol on your body, because you're not going
to have time to get to your shotgun or rifle.  The gunfight will be over
long before you can retrieve a long gun.  Even if it's on an overhead rack
right next to you.  That's how fast gunfights are.
     If you are in condition white, BANG! It's over.
     If you are in condition yellow, you can recognize the presence of the enemy
before hostilities start.  You will see them maneuver into position and elevate
to condition orange.  You will recognize the pre-assault cues and elevate to
condition red.  BANG!  Hopefully, that's you being decisive.  No telegraphing
of your intentions.  No warnings.  Just execute correctly and legally.

The Problem With Revolvers For Concealed Carry
     "There are plenty of documented gun fights where having dozens of
rounds of ammo saved the life of the good guy, . . ."
     "For anyone with the mindset of, well, if I need more than 5 shots
I'm screwed anyway, or, I'm a good shot and don't need more than that,
I can tell you that you're wrong."
     "Going to the range and shooting your revolver and practicing
quick reloads under stress and time is a good idea to help you define
the fine motor skills required to reload."  [If you do this in good faith,
you will quickly convince yourself that it's physically impossible to
reload a revolver as quickly as you can reload a semi-auto.  So, why
would you ever put yourself and your loved ones at such a disadvantage? 
-- Jon Low]

Electronic Hearing Protection: We Test Four Units Ear to Ear

     Wally World has Hyper Tough flashlights for $25.  800 lumens. 
Rechargeable via USB port.  (You can plug it into your wall outlet
if you've got an adapter.)  Click switch (not pressure switch) on
the rear that you can activate with your thumb, while holding the
flashlight correctly.  LED (not incandescent bulb).  Aluminum body,
steel pocket clip.  Lithium battery.  3 hour duration at maximum
brightness (800 lumens).  Supposed to be able to withstand a 1 meter
drop.  It's got a oval cross section, so it won't fit in any common
flashlight pouch that you might find at a police or gun store.  But,
you can clip it to the inside of your pocket.  Can't go wrong for
25 bucks.  It works.

----- Technical -----

"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen

     The most important feature of any weapon system is reliability.
Copper jacketed round nose bullets give you the most reliable feeding and chambering. 
Reliability is more important than terminal ballistics.  The gun must go bang when
you pull the trigger. 

“Destiny doesn’t make appointments,
nor does she waste her time with the naive and unready!”
-- John Farnam

*****     *****     ***** Instruction *****     *****     *****

Colonel Robert Lindsey to his fellow trainers:
"We are not God’s gift to our students.
Our students are God’s gift to us."

----- Instructors -----

Remember, the students who require the extra effort are the ones who need us the most!
-- John Farnam

     I am working with a couple of ladies who cannot allocate large blocks of time
for training, due to small children and other commitments.  So, we are doing the
20 hours of classroom instruction of my NRA Defensive Pistol course in 2 hour
segments every Sunday from ~13:00 (after morning church service) to ~15:00 (when
the babies wake up from their naps).  One must adjust the manual exercises and
lectures to accommodate.  It can be done.  With planning, the time is constructive. 
The key is to think about what you are going to teach, and find logical starting
and stopping points.  Having a week to practice the material taught, has resulted
in zero time being spent on review of last week's material. 
     One week to practice the two hours of material taught.  Compare that to a
4-day handgun course at one of the big gun schools, where the student is expected
to spend a couple of hours at night practicing the 10 hours of material taught
that day.  If the student doesn't fall asleep from exhaustion after the 10 hours
of training.

Qui docet, discit.  (Who teaches, learns.)
-- motto of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers

     What is old and obvious to you is novel and unfamiliar to your students. 
So, take your time to explain everything carefully.

     Please practice both right and left handed.  So, that you can stand facing
the student and mirror the students actions to demonstrate the technique. 

     "You don't have to memorize formulae.
Because you can always derive them from first principles."
-- Prof. Sven Hartman, Physics Department, Columbia University
     Teach first principles.  Let the student derive tactics based on the principles
and the situation.  Don't teach situation specific tactics.  Because your students
will default to them, rather than relying on first principles to decide what to do. 
     "But, pre-programmed responses are faster. We don't have time to analyze
during the fight."
     That's only true if you're the bad guy.  The good guy has a duty to think. 
Which includes, but is not limited to, the safety rules.  Yes, combat is a very
difficult, complex, and intellectual endeavor, for the good guy. 
     "Thinking is the hardest thing a person can do. 
That's why so few people do it." -- Henry Ford

     Massad Ayoob says many people lack the money to travel to take firearms
classes.  So, you should assume the responsibility to teach them. 

     “Be careful what you teach. Because your students will do in combat
whatever you have trained them to do, no matter how ridiculous.
     Be careful what you practice. Because you will do in combat whatever you
have practiced, no matter how ridiculous.”
-- “Shooting in Self-Defense” by Sara Ahrens

     Over the Thanksgiving Holiday, I taught a 4-day pistol class.  One of
the students had small hands, weak grip strength, and weak upper body
strength.  None of my pistols would work for her.  I always bring lots of
pistols for students whose equipment does not work for them.  Which was
the case.  She had a pistol, but the grip was too big (she could not get
her middle and ring finger tips to point back toward her) and the recoil
spring was too strong (she could not rack the slide).  Fortunately we
were at a range, Lone Star Gun Range in Austin, TX, that had a large
assortment of rental guns.  She rented a Smith & Wesson M&P 380 Shield EZ. 
The rental had a thumb safety.  But, I recommended that if she chose to
buy one that she get it without the safety.  This pistol solved the problem.

"Every time I teach a class,
I discover I don't know something."
-- Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch

----- Pedagogy -----

Teach positive.  Teach what to do.  Don't talk about what not to do.
-- from John Farnam's Instructor Development class

     It is generally correct to teach positive, what you want the student to do,
not what they should not do.  The exception to the rule is that you must teach
why the wrong sequence in unloading a semi-auto pistol is wrong by demonstrating
that if you rack the slide first and then remove the magazine, the pistol is LOADED! 

     "The biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has happened." 
-- (Attribution unknown)

"Informal Instruction" by the Tactical Professor on November 16, 2019   
     "When we teach an adult, it’s always worth remembering to approach it that way. 
Even if we are a Subject Matter Authority, the person is one of our peers and
deserves to be treated respectfully.  They should be treated like a client in an
Adult-Adult relationship, not a grade school student in a Parent-Child relationship."

     Dustin Solomon, in his book “Building Shooters” states that
an instructor should not expect any learning to take place
the first time new information is presented.
     [That's why you have to email the students detailed lesson plans a couple
of weeks before the class starts. -- Jon Low]

     "Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.

*****     *****     ***** Legal, Political, and Philosophical *****     *****     *****

How do you win a gunfight?
Don’t be there.
-- John Farnam

     Why do you think the Founding Fathers refused to ratify the U.S. Constitution
until the Bill of Rights was added?  Why do you think we have the 3rd Amendment?
Amendment III
"No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house,
without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war,
but in a manner to be prescribed by law."
     To the best of my knowledge there is no U.S. law that prescribes such a manner. 
Think it could never happen here?  It did.  That's why the Amendment exists. 
Think it could never happen now days?
"China’s Uighurs told to share beds, meals with party members"
     The ChiComs arrest the men and throw them in to concentration camps. 
Then the ChiComs force Communist Party Members into the homes and beds of
the wives and children of the imprisoned men. 
     You think any Muslim in China petitions his government for redress of
grievances?  Not when they know the result will be their imprisonment and
their wives and children being raped by ChiComs.  Only evil people do such
things.  ChiComs are evil and always have been evil.  Where do you think
the American Liberals got the idea to control population by murdering

     Andrew Branca has a valuable gift for you,
an info-graphic describing the 5 elements of the law of self defense. 
You may download a copy free of charge at

     We used to get free shipping and not charged any state sales tax
when buying from out of state.  But, now the ammo companies are charging
state sales tax due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
     On June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in
favor of the state in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.  The decision
overruled a longstanding physical presence rule, allowing states to
require remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax.

Caution! The Wrong Lawyer Can Sink Your Self-Defense Case
     Yes, there are inept attorneys.  As Federal District Court Judge
(Hawaii, 9th Circuit) Samuel King said (publicly), "You have to be able
to sleep with your eyes open."  (When you've got a life time appointment
and can retire at anytime, you don't care what anyone thinks of you.)
     Hey, Washer got almost all of his convictions overturned by the appellate
court.  (5th Circuit Court of Appeal, Florida)
     Now he has to do the trial all over again.  Do you think he has
any money left to pay for a second trial?  Do you think a public defender
will mount much of a defense?  (Yes, of course, some will.)
     Remember Bill Cosby.  Hung jury on first trial.  Convicted at the second trial. 
Do you think he had any money left for a second trial?  The defendant almost
always gets convicted at the second trial, because he has no resources to pay
an attorney, private investigators, and expert witnesses.  So, he gets a public
defender, no investigators, and no expert witnesses.  Nobody works for free. 

     Andrew Branca has a special deal for you at
Two copies of his book, "Law of Self Defense" 3rd Edition
for $16.90 in total (including shipping, handling, tax, etc.) 
     Christmas presents for my sister, the attorney, and
friends at church.

Crime Prevention Research Center, Dr. John Lott

     “The tone and tendency of liberalism is to attack institutions
of the country (specifically Judeo/Christian values) under the name
of ‘reform’ and to make war on manners and customs of the people,
under the pretext of ‘progress’.” -- Benjamin Disraeli

22 Virginia Counties Declare Second Amendment Sanctuary Status

*****     *****     ***** Survival *****     *****     *****

"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Sherman House

How to Survive Riots and Civil Unrest
      ". . . this past Friday was a particularly beautiful day. 
 By lunchtime, people were out in the parks enjoying the weather. 
 It was calm, peaceful, and joyful. 
     Within a matter of hours the city had turned into a war zone.  Hours. 
     One of my team members told me on the phone yesterday,
 “If you had said on Friday afternoon that Santiago would be in
 chaos by nightfall, I would have laughed . . .  And then it happened.” "
     "A small woman can defend herself from multiple large intruders with a firearm
if she’s had some training and knows how to use it properly.  But put a kitchen
knife in her hand against those same intruders, and her odds decrease exponentially."

The Importance of Assessment & Awareness in Self-Defense
     "In the debriefing, the student told the instructors that he was an EMT
and that he had to go to the aid of the girl.  One of the instructors said,
“No, you used to be an EMT. Now, you’re just a dead man.” "
     ". . . when we encounter a person making an attack, or even one who
is acting suspiciously, we should assume that he or she is not alone."

“If you look like food, you will be eaten.” -- Clint Smith

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     This web page, the chart, and the PDF file are updated on a regular basis.

Hearing loss is permanent and cumulative.

*****     *****     ***** Basics *****     *****     *****

"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses." 
-- Tom Givens

     Statistically speaking, civilian gun fights last 2 seconds, and one or two
rounds are fired from a distance of within 5 feet 50% of the time, within 10 feet
75% of the time [citation Police Officer’s Safety Association].  So, you won’t have
time to load your pistol.  And you certainly won’t have time to get your pistol if
you don’t have it on you.
     If you practice a lot, you will be able to get your pistol from the holster
onto the target and fire in about one and a half seconds.  A concealment garment
will add half a second to your time.  That’s two seconds. 
     If you don’t keep a round in the chamber because you don’t think it is safe,
you don’t understand the mechanics of your pistol.  It is completely safe to keep
the pistol loaded.  The pistol cannot fire by itself.  You must pull the trigger
to fire the pistol.  Just as it is completely safe to keep the gas tank of your
car filled.  There is no chance that your car will run someone over by itself.

"Fear is an instinct. Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN

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When it’s least expected, you’re selected.
-- John Farnam

Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low

The Warrior's Prayer
Dear God,
     Please give us discernment to distinguish
friend from foe from innocent bystanders.
Give us clear vision so our aim is true. 
Give us calm so we execute correctly.
Give us spiritual maturity so that we stop the attack
without excessive force, without revenge.
In Jesus name,

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